Inside the brand new La Griglia: Murals are out, tableside touches are in, and extra
La Griglia senior govt Brandon Busch, who has been concerned with the restaurant all through its historical past, tells CultureMap that he labored instantly with CEO Tilman Fertitta to take La Griglia in a extra upscale course. That features a design impressed by the Italian Riviera and hiring a excessive profile chef marketing consultant to rethink the menu.
“When Tilman began speaking to me about this, we talked about the truth that over the previous 15, 20 years that everyone has tried to make every part a little bit extra informal. No person desires to dress up anymore,” Busch says. “We thought it was time to reverse that. We took this restaurant a little bit extra upscale. We’re white tablecloth all through, and that features the surface courtyard.”
White tablecloths aren’t the one change to La Griglia’s inside. The unique location’s colourful murals are gone. As an alternative, the inside options framed black and white images, Artwork Deco-inspired lighting, and marble flooring. Banquettes make the expanded bar space an choice for eating in addition to ingesting.
“Folks can’t consider how beautiful it’s. Folks say it reminds them of New York or LA,” Busch says. “I’ve seen the appears to be like on faces of shoppers I’ve identified for 30 years. They’re blown away.”
Three non-public eating rooms are positioned upstairs that may host separate occasions or be mixed into one giant room. La Griglia’s coated patio is local weather managed and incorporates a retractable roof. General prices for the patio, together with its posh landscaping, exceeded $1 million, in line with a launch.
Even the workers uniforms have gone upscale. Managers put on fits. Captains are in white tuxedo jackets, and assist workers are in black tuxedo vests. They’ve adopted old-fashioned touches like serving from the left and bringing a chilly fork for salads.
To remodel the menu, Landry’s recruited chef Mark Ladner. Greatest identified for successful a James Beard Award at New York Metropolis’s acclaimed Del Posto restaurant, Ladner launched various new dishes, together with Burrata di Puglia with heirloom tomato and Castelvetrano and Taggiasca olives; beef carpaccio with arugula, parmesan, mascarpone cream, and candy peppers; pasta bolognese; veal piccatine; and frutti di mare that’s made with clams, mussels, and shrimp topped with pink clam sauce.
A lot of the entrees are served a la carte and may be paired with vegetable sides akin to broccolini, candy corn polenta, and a latke-style seared potato cake. Daily execution is overseen by chef de delicacies Pat Sommers, who had a well-regarded stint as a sous chef at Houston positive eating restaurant Triniti.
“(Ladner) was a pleasure to work with. He’s very pragmatic,” Busch says. “He’s an incredible Italian chef. He’s extra in regards to the elements than to be sure to’ve received flowers throughout your meals. It’s easy and healthful.”
Fortunately, some La Griglia classics stay, together with the shrimp and crab cheesecake, Snapper La Griglia, and autumn salad. Regulars will probably be happy to study that the signature pizza bread stays, though it has a brand new crust primarily based on a dough recipe Ladner created.
Together with the brand new dishes, Busch has introduced some theater to the eating room with a couple of gadgets which might be completed tableside. Pasta alla ruota will get tossed in a cheese wheel earlier than getting a beneficiant shaving of black or white truffles. “Hanging Hen” is a complete hen that’s carved tableside and served with roasted potatoes and hen jus. Even dessert has a tableside ice cream choice.
“(On) our opening night time, I should have carved six chickens and served six pasta wheels. I haven’t labored on the ground like that in awhile,” Busch says. “It was enjoyable to observe once I was doing that wheel in the course of the eating room. Everybody turned their heads to see what I used to be doing.”
Presently, the restaurant is open for lunch Monday via Friday and dinner nightly. If a full home on a current weeknight is any indication, the regulars are stopping by to take a look at the brand new location.
“La Griglia patrons will uncover an elevated eating expertise with nice consideration to element,” Fertitta added in a press release. “No expense was spared for the restaurant’s design and the creation of the brand new menus. La Griglia is particular to Houston, and it required and deserved an excessive amount of consideration.”